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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - October 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
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Published: 2017/08/25
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - August 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - August 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/07/27
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - Summer 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - Summer 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/06/09
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Road Trip 🚐 - An Indie/Pop/Folk/Rock Playlist
Road Trip 🚐 - An Indie/Pop/Folk/Rock Playlist
Published: 2017/08/11
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - May 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - May 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/04/28
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - July 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - July 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/06/30
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - April 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - April 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/03/24
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - June 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - June 2017 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/05/26
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THE BEST INDIE/POP PLAYLIST OF SUMMER 2016/2017 (NEW ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
THE BEST INDIE/POP PLAYLIST OF SUMMER 2016/2017 (NEW ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
Published: 2016/06/30
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[Indie Pop] Cadence Kid - Hold on Me
[Indie Pop] Cadence Kid - Hold on Me
Published: 2016/07/10
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - March 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - March 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/02/24
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - January 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - January 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/01/01
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Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - March 2015 (54-Minute Playlist)
Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - March 2015 (54-Minute Playlist)
Published: 2015/02/23
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Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - Summer 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - Summer 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/06/17
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - February 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - February 2017 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/01/27
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - October 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - October 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/09/30
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Indonesia Indie Pop Folk Compilation - inafolka #1
Indonesia Indie Pop Folk Compilation - inafolka #1
Published: 2017/03/14
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Top10 Indie Pop/Rock/Alternative Songs 2016
Top10 Indie Pop/Rock/Alternative Songs 2016
Published: 2016/01/05
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - August 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - August 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/07/29
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The Ultimate Indie-Pop Playlist
The Ultimate Indie-Pop Playlist
Published: 2016/06/10
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - November 2016 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - November 2016 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/10/28
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Relaxing Sunday Mornings ☕ - An Indie/Folk/Pop Playlist
Relaxing Sunday Mornings ☕ - An Indie/Folk/Pop Playlist
Published: 2017/04/16
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Labrose - Disguise | Indie Pop
Labrose - Disguise | Indie Pop
Published: 2017/09/27
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - Summer 2015 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - Summer 2015 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2015/06/26
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Alt/Indie/Pop/Folk/Acoustic 1 Hour Playlist (October 2017 Compilation)
Alt/Indie/Pop/Folk/Acoustic 1 Hour Playlist (October 2017 Compilation)
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: FUNSPEAR
Indonesia Indie Pop Folk Compilation - inafolka #1
Indonesia Indie Pop Folk Compilation - inafolka #1
Published: 2017/08/23
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PLAYLIST MINUM TEH | Indonesia Indie Pop Folk - inafolka #2
PLAYLIST MINUM TEH | Indonesia Indie Pop Folk - inafolka #2
Published: 2017/07/24
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Indie/Pop/Folk Playlist - July 2017 (1 Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Playlist - July 2017 (1 Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: SamFish Music
THE BEST SUMMER DRIVE PLAYLIST 2017 (INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
THE BEST SUMMER DRIVE PLAYLIST 2017 (INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: FUNSPEAR
indie dance | 24/7 Good Vibes
indie dance | 24/7 Good Vibes
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: College Music
Tender Love ❤️ - An Indie/Folk/Pop Playlist
Tender Love ❤️ - An Indie/Folk/Pop Playlist
Published: 2017/02/10
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Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - May 2015 (55-Minute Playlist)
Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - May 2015 (55-Minute Playlist)
Published: 2015/04/28
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - February 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - February 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/01/28
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90's Pop - Mashup | Indie Pop Hits On One Beat | Karan Nawani
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: Pehchan Music
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - July 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - July 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: alexrainbirdMusic
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - September 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - September 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/08/26
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Ember Island - Umbrella | Indie Pop
Ember Island - Umbrella | Indie Pop
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: Arctic Empire
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - June 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - June 2016 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/05/27
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Indie Electronica / Electronic Pop Mix 2016 (w/ EDEN, Lauv, Oh Wonder, Stephen, Crywolf...)
Indie Electronica / Electronic Pop Mix 2016 (w/ EDEN, Lauv, Oh Wonder, Stephen, Crywolf...)
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: MusicMagnificence
2017 The Best Indie music - Indie Pop - Alternative Rock - Indie Rock Songs
2017 The Best Indie music - Indie Pop - Alternative Rock - Indie Rock Songs
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: ANDER MUSICMIX
Indie/Pop/Rock Playlist - May 2017 (1 Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Rock Playlist - May 2017 (1 Hour Playlist)
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: SamFish Music
NEW INDIE/POP/ROCK 1HR COMPILATION - (2016/2017 Playlist)
NEW INDIE/POP/ROCK 1HR COMPILATION - (2016/2017 Playlist)
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: FUNSPEAR
The Best Indie music 2017 | Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation | Spring Instrumental Music is here
The Best Indie music 2017 | Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation | Spring Instrumental Music is here
Published: 2017/04/01
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - December 2016 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - December 2016 (1½-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2016/11/25
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SUMMER DRIVE 2016 PLAYLIST (INDIE POP / ELECTRO POP ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
SUMMER DRIVE 2016 PLAYLIST (INDIE POP / ELECTRO POP ALTERNATIVE MUSIC)
Published: 2016/08/04
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1 HOUR INDIE/POP FEEL GOOD SUMMER 2016/2017 PLAYLIST
1 HOUR INDIE/POP FEEL GOOD SUMMER 2016/2017 PLAYLIST
Published: 2016/08/24
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Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - July 2014 (51-Minute Playlist)
Indie/Indie-Pop Compilation - July 2014 (51-Minute Playlist)
Published: 2014/06/30
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Sing To Me by Sven Karlsson - [Indie Pop Music]
Sing To Me by Sven Karlsson - [Indie Pop Music]
Published: 2017/10/21
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Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - November 2015 (1-Hour Playlist)
Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation - November 2015 (1-Hour Playlist)
Published: 2015/10/22
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Indie pop (also typeset as indie-pop or indiepop) is a music genre and subculture[1] that combines guitar pop with DIY ethic[3] in opposition to the style and tone of mainstream pop music.[9] It originated from British post-punk[4] in the late 1970s and subsequently generated a thriving fanzine, label, and club and gig circuit. The style, a counterpart of indie rock,[8] differs to the extent that it is more melodic, less abrasive, and relatively angst-free than other indie rock.[8] In later years, the definition of indie pop has bifurcated to also mean bands from unrelated DIY scenes/movements with pop leanings.[4] Subgenres include chamber pop and twee pop.[8]

Development and characteristics[edit]

Origins and etymology[edit]

Indie pop is not just "indie" that is "pop." Not too many people realize this, or really care either way. But you can be sure indie pop's fans know it. They have their own names for themselves ... the music they listen to ... their own canon of legendary bands ... and legendary labels ... their own pop stars ... their own zines ... websites ... mailing lists ... aesthetics ... festivals ... iconography ... fashion accessories ... and in-jokes ... in short, their own culture.
—Nitsuh Abebe, Pitchfork[1]
Within indie genres, issues of authenticity are especially prominent: indie was born in a Utopian attempt to stop the inevitable cycle of bands being co-opted - and, it is assumed, corrupted - by the mainstream.
—Emily I. Dolan, Popular Music[2]

Both indie and indie pop had originally referred to the same thing during the late 1970s. Inspired more by punk rock's DIY ethos than its style, guitar bands were formed on the then-novel premise that one could record and release their own music instead of having to procure a record contract from a major label.[1] According to Emily Dolan, indie is predicated on the distorted music of the Velvet Underground, the "rebellious screaming" of early punk, and "some of rock's more quirky and eccentric figures", such as Jonathon Richman.[2] Pitchfork's Nitsuh Abebe identifies the majority of indie as "all about that 60s-styled guitar jangle".[1]

Indie pop was an unprecedented contrast from the gritty and serious tones of previous underground rock styles, as well as being a departure from the glamour of contemporary pop music.[1] Distinguished from the angst and abrasiveness of its indie rock counterpart,[8] the majority of indie pop borrows not only the stripped-down quality of punk, but also "the sweetness and catchiness of mainstream pop".[2] Music critic Simon Reynolds says that indie pop defines itself against "charting pop".[9] Abebe explains:

One of those things was the idea that rock music was supposed to be cool-- 'cool' meaning sexy, tough, arty, fiery, or fantastical. ... The charts had 'cool' covered-- these kids, in their basements and bedrooms, were trying to hand-craft a mirror-image of it, a pop world where they were the stars. ... and a little bit of a raspberry blown at the larger musical world, which (sensibly) went right on preferring something more interesting than average white kids playing simple pop songs.[1]

The concept of indie music did not crystallise until the late 1980s and early 1990s.[2] American indie pop band Beat Happening's 1985 eponymous debut album was also influential in the development of the indie pop sound, particularly in North America.[10] In the early 1990s, English indie pop influenced and branched off to a variety of styles. The US, which did not have as much of a scene in the 1980s, had many indie pop enthusiasts by the mid 1990s.[1] Most of the modern notion of indie music stems from NME's 1986 compilation C86, which collects many guitar bands who were inspired by the early psychedelic sounds of 1960s garage rock.[11]

Names that indie pop fans use for themselves are popkids and popgeeks, and for the music they listen to, p!o!p, twee, anorak and C86. Abebe says that the Scottish group the Pastels typified the "hip end of 'anorak': Their lazy melodies, lackadaisical strum, and naive attitude transformed the idea of the rock band into something casual, intimate, and free from the pretense of cool".[1]

Disputed significance of C86[edit]

Everett True, a writer for NME in the 1980s, believes that C86 wasn't the main factor behind indie pop, arguing that Sarah Records was more responsible for sticking to a particular sound, and that: "C86 didn't actually exist as a sound, or style. ... I find it weird, bordering on surreal, that people are starting to use it as a description again".[12] Geoff Taylor, a member of the band Age of Chance, added: "We never considered ourselves part of any scene. I’m not sure that the public at large did either, to be honest. We were just an independent band around at that same time as the others."[13][better source needed]

Bob Stanley, a Melody Maker journalist in the late 1980s and founding member of pop band Saint Etienne, acknowledges that participants at the time reacted against lazy labelling, but insists they shared an approach:[improper synthesis?] "Of course the 'scene', like any scene, barely existed. Like squabbling Marxist factions, groups who had much in common built up petty rivalries. The June Brides and the Jasmine Minks were the biggest names at Alan McGee's Living Room Club and couldn't stand the sight of each other. Only when the Jesus and Mary Chain exploded and stole their two-headed crown did they realise they were basically soulmates.[14][verification needed] Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire remembers that it was the bands' very independence that gave the scene coherence: "People were doing everything themselves - making their own records, doing the artwork, gluing the sleeves together, releasing them and sending them out, writing fanzines because the music press lost interest really quickly."[15]

Many of the actual C86 bands distanced themselves from the scene cultivated around them by the UK music press - in its time, C86 became a pejorative term for its associations with so-called "shambling" (a John Peel-coined description celebrating the self-conscious primitive approach of some of the music) and underachievement.[16][verification needed]

Compilations[edit]

In 2013, Cherry Red Records released 5-CD retrospective Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980–1989, an attempt to represent the genre's first decade.[17][18] A 3-CD expanded rerelease of C86, compiled by Neil Taylor, followed in 2014[19][20] and a sequel box set, C87, in 2016.[21]

Related genres[edit]

Twee pop[edit]

Twee pop is a subgenre of indie pop[8] that originates from C86. Characterised by its simplicity and perceived innocence, some of its defining features are boy-girl harmonies, catchy melodies, and lyrics about love. For many years, most bands were distributed by Sarah Records (in the UK) and K Records (in the US).[22]

Shibuya-kei[edit]

Shibuya-kei is a Japanese style from the 1990s that was embraced by indie pop enthusiasts, partly because many of its bands were distributed in the United States through major indie labels like Matador and Grand Royal. Out of all the Japanese groups from the scene, Pizzicato Five was the closest in achieving mainstream success in the US.[23]

Chamber pop[edit]

Chamber pop is a subgenre of indie pop that features lush orchestrations. Heavily influenced by Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach,[8] the majority of Louis Phillipe's productions for él Records embodied the sophisticated use of orchestras and voices that typified the style.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Abebe, Nitsuh (24 October 2005), "Twee as Fuck: The Story of Indie Pop", Pitchfork Media, archived from the original on 24 February 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d e Dolan, Emily. "…This little ukulele tells the truth’: indie pop and kitsch authenticity.". Popular Music. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b Tea, Mark (14 April 2014). "10 Canadian jangle and indie pop bands that will improve your day". Aux. 
  4. ^ a b c d Heaton, Dave (5 December 2013). "The Best Indie-Pop of 2013". PopMatters. 
  5. ^ Peake, Steve (21 February 2017). "Jangle Pop - Profile of '80s Underground Genre Jangle Pop". About.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  6. ^ The Week Staff (July 22, 2011). "Washed Out: Within and Without". The Week. 
  7. ^ Reynolds 2011, p. 168.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Indie Pop". AllMusic. 
  9. ^ a b Frith & Horne 2016, p. 139.
  10. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh. "Beat Happening - Beat Happening". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Martin, Ian (July 10, 2013). "C86 sound jangles on in the Japanese indie scene". The Japan Times. 
  12. ^ True, Everett (22 July 2005), Plan B Magazine Blog, archived from the original on 1 May 2007, retrieved 12 January 2016 
  13. ^ Taylor, Geoff, Interview, ireallylovemusic vs Age of Chance [self-published source]
  14. ^ Bob Stanley, sleevenotes to CD86[full citation needed]
  15. ^ Wire, Nicky (25 October 2006), "The Birth of Uncool", The Guardian 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Simon (23 October 2006). "The C86 indie scene is back!". Time Out!. 
  17. ^ Petridis, Alexis (13 June 2013). "Various: Scared to Get Happy – review". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ Uncut (4 September 2013). "Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 89". Uncut. 
  19. ^ Uncut (24 June 2014). "Various Artists - C86". Uncut. 
  20. ^ Beth, Jody (15 July 2014). "Various Artists - C86 (Reissue)". The Quietus. 
  21. ^ Deaux, John (25 May 2016). "C87 – VARIOUS ARTISTS – 3CD Album Review". All About the Rock. 
  22. ^ "Twee Pop". AllMusic. 
  23. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (April 13, 2011). "Japanese Indie Pop: The Beginner's Guide to Shibuya-Kei". LA Weekly. 
  24. ^ Marmoro, Gianfranco (January 12, 2010). "The Ocean Tango". Ondarock (in Italian). 

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